Posted on 12th November 2018

Close Shave For Peacock

On reflection from Armistice Day, we would like to look back on what could have been or rather what wouldn’t have been if it wasn’t for a swift shave. Chairman of the company Michael Peacock recalls a story from his Father during World War 1.

“Yesterday reminded me that my father served in France during the first World War.

Being born in 1899 my Father would have been too young to join the army and ultimately join the Royal Flying Corps (before it became the RAF ON 1/4/1918) in France in 1916, so he gave his date of birth as the year earlier. Like many others, my Father received little basic training before he was deployed. He spoke very little of his time during the war but, he did tell me one day about a very significant happening.

My Father recalled that the Germans had large guns mounted on railway carriages (called Big Bertha) which was adjusted by a fixed amount and fired every few minutes. One day my Father was shaving when he heard a bang and thought to himself I have just enough time to finish shaving and then get well out of the way, His thinking was very fortunate, to put it mildly, because the very next shell fell exactly where he had been shaving and only a few moments later!”

One would say that swift shave saved our company and enabled us to be on the cusp of celebrating our 125th anniversary.

Everyone at Peacock and Binnington would like to give thanks to all the men and women of the armed forces past and present for their loyal service to our country.